The end of the calendar year is nearly upon us and as we head into the Christmas season and school holidays, it is a good time to reflect on the past few months in CBC and beyond. The Covid-19 global pandemic continues apace in all its various guises and this has presented immense challenges for many in our society. In true CBC spirit, the school community has managed, with your fantastic support, to maintain a level of ‘normality’ in these challenging times. The past few months have displayed, once again, our firm belief that all schools are much more than places where information is passed on. Schools are about relationships, connections and experiences. Our students, staff, parents and the wider school community have collectively galvanised their efforts to ensure that teaching, learning and student well-being is very much at the core of all things in CBC.
We wish to take this opportunity to thank and remember in our prayers all those among our parent/guardian body who are helping on the frontline, be they in healthcare or other important services. We ask that all of our CBC boys show leadership and responsibility and help out at home and be kind to one another. At times like this, we remember the school’s motto, Certa Bonum Certamen = Do the Right Thing.
We also remember that some families in our school community are mourning the loss of loved ones in recent months from the COVID-19 virus. Go ndéana Dia trócaire orthu.
These weeks of the Advent Season are given to us as a time of waiting and preparing for Christmas. As followers of Jesus Christ, the Advent invitation is extended to each of us to take time to get to know Jesus afresh and give time to genuine prayer.
Over the Christmas period, we have time to reflect on our lives and ask ourselves where we need to make adjustments or indeed initiate fresh beginnings. Christmas is a time like no other time in the year – it brings out the best in a lot of people. It generates a fabulous spirit and force for goodwill and generosity. As a staff in CBC, we feel so proud when we see our students, your sons, exhibit their reserves of generosity in helping those who are less fortunate in our society. This year, once again, we have witnessed the depths of compassion, commitment and character of our CBC students, your sons, who put together a fabulous array of Christmas Gift Hampers for the students of Francis Street CBS, in the heart of the Liberties in Dublin 8. Our students, your sons, can never forget that each of them can make a difference for the better in our world. It’s during moments like these that we are aware that we are truly part of something special here in CBC. Your sons continue to inspire, motivate and encourage us all to be the very best that we can be and it is always a privilege for us to welcome them to CBC each day.
I hope that you and your families have a safe, peaceful and restful Christmas. Please take time out to reconnect, to restore and to relax (watch some of those Christmas Film classics like The Great Escape and Where Eagles Dare or listen to the glorious Christmas carol, O Holy Night as sung by Martina McBride!). Le cúnamh Dé, 2022 will bring in a real sense of hope for us all. We look forward to welcoming you back to CBC on Thursday January 6th. Beir Bua agus Beannacht!
Gerry Duffy, School Principal.
Last Friday our TYs and some of our 5th Years took part in CBC's own @TheRunInTheDark 5k. 80 students took part with almost €1,000 raised for @MPollockTrust. See below for full results, some photos from the day and a photo finish for 6th place!
Well done to Tom O'Halloran (2nd), Sean McMahon (1st) and Joe Doody (3rd).
Introduction: In agreeing to their appointment to a Board of Management, a member of a Board is undertaking the valuable task of helping to shape and manage our voluntary secondary school, CBC, which is entrusted to their care. This work is done on a voluntary basis and while much of it is routine, nevertheless, it requires a commitment in terms of time and goodwill that is, perhaps, sometimes taken for granted.
With the involvement of parents, teachers and Trustee nominees, Boards of Management in our schools represent a true example of local partnership and volunteerism in action. A special debt of gratitude is owed to all those who serve on Boards.
Appointment to the Board: All members of the Board of Management are appointed by the Trustees. Trustees appoint four trustee nominees. At a properly convened staff meeting two teacher nominees are elected and, together with two elected parent nominees, they are appointed by the Trustees to the Board of Management.
Gender Balance: Section 14(5) of the Education Act 1998 refers to directions which may be given by the Minister in respect of “appropriate gender balance”. Trustees, parents and teachers should take account of gender balance when nominating or electing members
Election of Parents: There must be an election of parents/legal guardians of children currently in the school. The parents of children currently in the school elect two nominees for appointment to the Board. The election must be open to all parents and is not confined to the Parents Council or nominees drawn from the Parents Council.
Nomination Process: Nominations can be sought by writing to all parents/legal guardians asking them to return nominations to go forward for election. It should be advised that the consent of the nominee should be sought before putting the name forward. The nomination form can be found at the end of this notice.
This form should be downloaded, and a hard copy appropriately completed, signed and returned to the Board Secretary before 5pm this Friday, October 16th. These nominations, when returned to the school, will then, if necessary, be placed on a ballot paper for election.
Election Process - Nomination Option: If required, prepared ballot papers are posted to all parents/legal guardians, two per household, unless school records indicate otherwise. Parents/legal guardians are asked to indicate two names on the ballot paper for election. The election is by majority vote. The counting of votes takes place on a specified evening at a specified time by duly nominated tellers who are not candidates for election. All ballot papers should be placed in an envelope marked Ballot Paper to ensure it is a secret ballot. This envelope is then placed in a larger envelope with the name of the parent/legal guardian and the name and class of their son/daughter. The names are checked against the register of parents/legal guardians eligible to vote. In the event of a tied vote the elected parent is determined by lot.
Report by Charlie Flusk
Photos by @chesterpics
As I arrived into Energia Park, Donnybrook, I could feel the tension of all the players as they were warming up. CBC with their backs to the main pitch and Wesley College warming up at the far end. After what felt like a long time. The players going through the motions, stretching, jogging, throwing and kicking the ball around. Finally, both teams head for the changing rooms. This is it.
With CBC captain Charlie Meagher winning the toss and electing to Kick off towards the Bective end. Stakes were certainly high as a loss resulted in an immediate knock out and no second chance. Monkstown started strong and Wesley pinned in their 22 for the first 5 minutes of the match.
Wesley kicked for touch to help clear their lines. CBC line out just inside the Wesley half. Following a well drilled set piece, the ball was passed out to Ronan Mahon, who took the ball in stride a making a lovely solo break through their defence, stepping their 9 and dodging their full back for a fine try under the posts. Getting the score board moving and putting CBC in the lead just before the 15 minute water break. CBC 7-0 Wesley.
Wesley came back fighting with two un-converted tries making it 7-10 to Wesley at half time. Towards the end of the second half, a Monkstown set piece making 20 yards resulted in a penalty which Mahon kicked making it 10-10 for the 45 minute water break.
The intensity was insane as the noise from the crowd only grew louder towards the end. Now with only 10 minutes to go, Cuan ‘magic’ Hussey scored in the left corner from a very well worked Monkstown set piece, moving the ball out all the way to the winger to score in the corner, making it 15-10 Monkstown.
With the game drawing to a close Mahon sent a floating pass out to Hussey on the wing for another try. But unfortunately the game was not over yet. Wesley rushing up to take a quick kick-off putting Monkstown under pressure with a minute left on the clock. The Wesley #8 took it quickly and with a few phases on the CBC 5 meter line, Wesley scored under the posts as the clock went red, Monkstown 20-17 ahead.
CBC now wishing for the final whistle that the referee refused to blow. CBC had to kick-off back to an eager waiting Wesley team. CBC then making a few small mistakes, helped Wesley get back on the front foot on the Monkstown 22. The pressure was now unbearable as both teams were giving it their all, eventually one of the Wesley players dropped the ball, which resulted in a penalty to CBC which drew the game to a close.
MONKSTOWN 20 - 17 WESLEY COLLEGE
All the players and coaching staff were very relieved with the win as it was not their finest performance. They are all very eager to play St Vincents Castleknock in the next round.
The following list are the players who have made the U17 football squad for the 2021/22 season. Training is on Tuesday in Kilbogget Park as usual.
Well done to all who tried out this year.
CBC is looking for football/soccer players to represent the school in the schools' league and cup competitions for the season 2021-22 at Under 17 level only, i.e. if you were born on or after January 1st 2005. Please register your interest for pre-season training by emailing Mr Tuite at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please note that if you have prior school rugby commitments, you will not be in a position to play on the soccer/football team.
IADT invited Transition Year students attending school in the Dun Laoghaire Rathdown area to respond creatively to the idea of HOPE in a short, original piece of writing.
A big congratulations to Finn Wallace (TY) who was announced today as one of the winning entries. Finn will receive a €100 One for all Voucher and his class will be hosted on a tour of the National Film School followed by lunch at IADT when public health guidelines allow.
You can read Finn's submission below. Titled "Burning Hope".
I raced along that dusty path, the silent, solemn atmosphere thickening the air, just as black billowing clouds of smoke and ash seemed to do ahead. It was only supposed to be a routine trip, Hana would visit Tokyo and sell the early harvests. I had never thought it would turn out like this.
The panicked scurrying of the city seemed to grow louder and louder as I ran, my vision becoming more clouded. Jets of fire somehow peeking through the smog filled sky and the water, it was the closest thing I knew to a hell on earth. Still, I ran, never stopping, even as my entire body pained, my head pounding, the heat intensifying.
Thoughts raced through my mind, I couldn’t let my sister die, she would be alone, mixed through all the chaos, she needed me. ‘No!’ I would find her, she’d be ok, it’s all going to be ok.
I neared the city, now seeing the destruction that the earthquake had caused. The sprawling urban metropolis that had seemed so grand was levelled to the ground. Buildings reduced to rubble and soot, the inferno still raging in some parts. Bodies littered the streets.
I held on to the belief that my sister was ok because it was all that kept me going. I rushed through the ruins, trying to identify what was where and where was what. I approached what I thought to be the district she was staying in, hoping I’d find relief. Sweat built up on my brow and I felt an uneasy feeling in my stomach.
Finally, I reached the remains of the small family homestead who had housed us every year since I was just a child. It too was gone. I searched through the debris, hoping for some sign of identification, something to ease the storm of emotions raging through my heart. There was nothing. The few human remains I could find were beyond recognition. I didn’t want to believe any of them were Hana, then I saw it.
A small, tattered piece of cloth, bearing our family insignia. It couldn’t be like this, it was all so sudden, she could still be at one of the nearby shelters. I fruitlessly tried to reason with myself but inside I knew, I picked up the cloth, clutched it to my chest, and fell to my knees, the tarmac beneath me faintly warm.
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